Etsy Sales Report for August 2017

Etsy Sales Report for August 2017

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we’ve been so terribly busy this summer! Trying to get our house and my dad’s house ready to sell, working on a non-related estate sale, working on and having a sale at my dad’s, getting away for a few days at the beach, and trying to maintain the booths and at least my Etsy shop, if not the blog and blog shop. Whew! I wish for what passes for our normal life again. But it’s not likely to happen in the next few months. 

Still, Etsy wasn’t half bad due primarily to a surprise $275 sale. We’ll get to that at the end. It’s definitely something to watch for if you resell.

Here’s what sold:

Adorable, mod, butterfly planter.

1960's Mod Butterfly Planter

Butterfly planter

Vintage, food storage/gift labels.

Vintage food gift stickers

Vintage food gift stickers

Vintage, metallic, dress trim yardage

Vintage red metallic trim

Red, metallic, dress trim

Jean d’Orly hanky that was given as a gift when you bought something else. It’s still in it’s original package.

Jean d'Orly hanky

Jean d’Orly hanky

3 pigs cookie stamp

Retired 1997 Three Little Pigs Brown Bag cookie stamp

Brown Bag cookie stamp

Vintage Air Step Shoes

Vintage Air Step Shoes

Vintage Air Step Shoes

There’s money in them thar post cards. Not this one so much, but some have quite the nice ROI. Many more have zero value because they’re so common. I’m certainly not an expert, but from my experience, look for local interest – small towns are usually best, people, real photo cards, etc. 

Postcard of the Ponciana Cafe in Tifton Georgia

Used, linen postcard of the Ponciana Cafe in Tifton, Georgia

I have several of these advertising, Art Deco bridge tallies. Sold one for $2.00.

Art Deco Bridge Tallies

Art Deco advertising bridge tally

I recently stood in a sweltering room, sweat dripping, clothes sticking to my body, hungry stomach growling and hand picked 46, vintage patterns. Everything I bought at that sale was $10. Those patterns were a small part of it. I’m estimating they were 5¢ each, but I think that’s being generous on the amount. I don’t really think they were quite that much. They say you make your money at the time of purchase. That sale will be very good for me. I haven’t got all the patterns listed yet, but this one doubled my money for the whole sale’s purchase.

Vintage patterns are another thing that can have quite a good ROI. In my neck of the woods, they are usually 25¢ or less each. But, they can be hit or miss. I’ve bought some I thought were great that turned out to be common as dirt. But I’ve also bought some winners. Look for stylish, something people might wear now, costume, western/square dance, Vogue, especially Vogue Designer and Vogue Paris, and unused is always a plus. Of course, even in those categories, there are winners and losers.

Vintage Vogue pattern 6143

Vintage Vogue Pattern

Here’s something else most people pass up. Cook books and booklets that accompanied cookware. They don’t generally bring much money, but they’re cheap and easy to find, easy to list and easy to pack and ship.

Chef's Ware Cookbook

Chef’s Ware Cook Book

Vintage photo of a dog lying on a barrel and his boy behind him. The actual picture is smaller than it is shown here. Still cute as a bug!

Vintage photo of a dog on a barrel with his boy standing nearby

Vintage Photo

Vintage wood, basket purse with bandana fabric.

Wood basket purse with red, bandana fabric

Wood basket purse

And here’s the surprise sale. Did you know playing cards can be quite collectible? I saw these at an estate sale and passed them up on the first, full price day. Because I didn’t know just how collectible these were! Went ahead and took a chance with them at the half price sale. I think I’ll withhold the price I paid, but let’s just say they had an extremely good ROI.

I don’t know what to tell you to look for in playing cards, but it appears, no longer in business casinos in Las Vegas are da bomb.

Vintage, hard to find, Dunes playing cards. Complete deck with box, two jokers and "B" card. Red backs.

1970’s Red Dunes Playing Cards
(I was asking $299, but came down for the buyer.) 

Click here to check out my friend Florence’s August Etsy sales at Vintage Southern Picks, too!

I’ve got so many great things waiting to be listed, I can hardly walk through the room they’re stored in. I get excited every time I look at them, then discouraged because chunks of time to work on them just aren’t there. But that is part of getting this house ready to sell. Get those in-the-way boxes listed and for sale! 

We found a house last week that was perfect for us. It’s more money than we had planned to spend. A LOT more, but we couldn’t build it any less and could hardly have designed it to be any more perfect. It needs a lot of updating and cosmetic personalization. That annoys me for so much money, but this may be what we have to do. We’ve got to get some financial things lined up, put in place and need to at least sell one of our houses before we can even make an offer. If that house is meant for us, it’ll wait until we’re ready. If we do get it, it will be an exciting adventure!

Etsy Sales Report for August 2017

Our Booth Sales for August 2017

Our Booth Sales for August 2017

This summer has been so, so busy with almost no time to work the booth. The booth has NOT been full. Yet, we sold $1095 there. When I see everything laid out with the prices, it seems like the furniture, especially, is too cheap. But any higher in our area and it will take much too long to sell. Sigh.

What sold? Glad you asked! Here are our booth sales for August – Angel’s Antique Mall in Opelika, Alabama.

The mud bench. Or mud room bench. Or coat rack. Or whatever you want to call it. Ricky built the base a couple of years ago and tried to sell it that way. I didn’t. Sell, I mean. So I convinced him to bring it home and put a back on it. So he took it to the shop and there it sat. He finally got around to putting a back on it and it still hung around the booth a little while. We had to reduce the price to $145.00. Someone got a great deal! He won’t be adding these to his repertoire

Hand built mud bench

Mud bench

I bought this plant stand a month ago and kept forgetting to take it to the booth. I considered painting it, but no time or inclination. Paid $3.00, sold for $20.00 a day after dropping it in the booth.

Metal plant stand

Plant Stand

This file drawer has been with me for years. I really didn’t care to sell it, but never had a good place for it so, as part of my clean out effort, I took it to the booth. I priced it $28, but they got the 10% discount.

White file drawer

White Drawer

Delman shoe box. Something else it’s taken me awhile to get out for sale. 

Delman shoe box

Delman Shoe Box

This bench came from my dad’s house. Our daughter Erin recovered it. She did a beautiful job! Also sold in this picture is the little black tray thingie. A Hobby Lobby purchase I made and never used.

Covered metal bench

Bench: $67.00
Small Tray: $8.00

This small patio table and chairs was left unsold at one of our recent estate sales. I think we had it priced at $45. And no one bought it?! Even on half price day? Well, they did in my booth. Because the booth was getting empty, I didn’t do the planned improvements and left it as is. It was priced at $47.00 but they got the 10% discount.

Small Patio Table and Chairs

Patio Table and 2 Chairs

Apparently I never got a still shot of the latest table and benches Ricky made. This picture is taken from a video. Thus the small size. He had originally priced it at $565. Got impatient when a month or so later it hadn’t sold and marked it down to $495. Then the buyer took the 10% discount.

Table and benches

Table and Benches

This credenza was in my dad’s house. Funny thing is I don’t remember if it was my mother’s from when she had a decorator come in the ’80’s or if it came when he was married to his second wife. Now that it’s sold, I feel I priced it a bit too cheaply. I priced it $125 and the buyer took the 10% discount. I also kinda wish I’d kept it.



Bird flower frog I had in my personal collection for years. I’m beginning to sell those off.

Bird flower frog

Bird Flower Frog

I try to take pictures of everything but miss some things. Those things this month are:

Brass, Viking ship candlesticks from the Vietnam War era. Condition was so-so and some parts were missing. But they looked good. Presented well.

A picture from my dad’s house from the second wife’s tenure

A wooden, accordion style hat rack I picked up somewhere

Also sold were 6 books and 8 cans of paint.

And Th-Th-The, Th-Th-The, Th-Th… That’s all, folks!

Booth sales for August 2017

Etsy Sales for July 2017

Etsy Sales for July 2017

Etsy sales report for July 2017

We’re busy, busy, busy trying to get the house ready to put on the market. When you’ve lived in one spot over 40 years, you accumulate a lot of stuff. A. Lot. I’ve been cleaning out, cleaning up, working on getting my dad’s house ready to sell, working on the next estate sale annnnndddd… trying to list a few things on Etsy all along. Plus, almost every day for two weeks I made the 150 mile round trip to take a granddaughter to swimming lessons. (Hence the reason we need to move.) I’ve also started going to estate and yard sales more again. Bringing in more stuff. Huh. That’s just what I need. More stuff. Guess I need the break from all that work. 

Etsy is still painfully slow. Only $97 in total sales! Ack!!!! But, hey! It’s $97 more than I had. I blame myself more than anything for not being very active listing new items, then again, there is the well-known summer slump plus Etsy was doing some crazy, live testing that possibly hurt sales. Sales started to pick up toward the end of the month as I started listing again. I think that’s one of the keys somehow. Be an active lister.  I started actively listing again last week and sales began to trickle in a bit more. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up the listing this month. I finally topped 200 items in the shop. 

This post will deal only in July’s Etsy sales. I’ll have a separate post for booth sales. The booth, by the way, did pretty well. 

So… Here’s what sold:

Vintage, two-way traffic light lens. This was left over at one of our estate sales. Nobody bought it! And we absolutely price things to sell. People tell us all the time how much they love our sales and our prices. I’ll see them at an estate sale conducted by someone else and they’ll come up to me and whisper that our prices are much better. So, this wasn’t cost prohibitive. It just didn’t sell. To be fair, that was one of the better sales as far as really good items we’ve had. Maybe this just went unnoticed.

Two way directional traffic light lens

Two-way traffic light lens


Unopened Dan River Marimekko tulip pillowcases. I’ve had these pillowcases for years. Tried a couple of times, but couldn’t get a good picture and wouldn’t list them. I finally just went with it, trusting shoppers knew what they looked like. They did. The pillowcases didn’t last long.

Unopened Dan River Marimekko Tulip Pillowcases

Dan River Marimekko Tulip Pillowcases


The above things sold on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Things were looking good! I had high hopes for the rest of the month. Then….. it was almost two weeks before the next sale. 

This little guy had been listed for, well I won’t say, but for quite awhile. Just waiting for the right buyer. He’s cute as a button but needed to be seen by a collector. Don’t take things out of the shop just because they’ve been there longer than expected. Selling vintage isn’t like retail. 

Yellow Cornflower Swanky Swig

Yellow Cornflower Swanky Swig


Another week went by then this mid century, metal folding book stand sold. It came from my parents’ house. Or one of my closets. I forget. But it wasn’t for sale long before finding a buyer.

MCM metal folding book stand

Mid century metal folding book stand


The next day. Maybe things are starting to pick up again? I loved this item. Thought about keeping it, but, I let it go.

Kitten Applique Square

Kitten applique square


Did I really think things were picking up? Another week went by when this candy heart box sold. I had listed several of these last year just prior to Valentine’s Day, sold a couple, and never relisted when they expired. I decided a couple of weeks ago to put them back up and bam! Sold this one. It was for a special occasion, so my “These won’t sell except for Valentine’s Day” theory goes up in smoke. 

Vintage Valentine Candy Heart Box

Vintage Valentine Candy Heart Box


I’ve had these Victorian scrapbook pages for a good long while in my personal collection thinking I’d make something with them. Yeah. It’s time to get real. So I put them up for sale. They didn’t last a month. 

Victorian scrapbook ephemera


Also sold online, a $10 genealogy book on Amazon and a $12 book on eBay. 

So that’s it for July’s online sales. Sad. So sad. Still, I blame myself more than anything. If life will ever get to a point where I’m not stretched in 5 different directions, hopefully, I can get back to normal.

Click to see my friend Florence’s of Vintage Souther Picks Etsy sales report, too! She did much better than I.

Stay tuned for July’s booth sales report coming sometime next week. I’m having trouble locating pictures of everything.